Today is Wednesday, March 20, the 79th day of 2013. There are 286 days left in the year. Spring arrives at 7:02 a.m. EDT.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 20, 1933, the state of Florida electrocuted Giuseppe Zangara for the shooting death of Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak at a Miami event attended by President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, the presumed target, the previous February.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

The Lehigh Valley Shops on Sayre's East Side are coming down slowly but surely. The shops once were the biggest railroad equipment repair stations in the country when Sayre depended heavily on the railroad for its livelihood. Bricks and other parts of the shops are being salvaged.

For Athens wrestler Eric Knolles, a sixth-place finish at the PIAA Wrestling Championships wasn't that bad. Despite closing out his tournament yesterday in a 12-2 defeat to Joel Easter, Knolles was proud of his accomplishments.

The law firm of Vineski, Brann, Williams and Caldwell is please to announce that Richard D. Sheetz, Esq., has joined the firm as an associate.

50 years ago - 1963

Towanda's Teen House may return to its former location on the floor above the Silco store, it was announced last night.

The incumbent Independent Citizens Party was returned to power in the Waverly Village election yesterday, by taking about three-fifths of the 1,605 votes cast.

Western Sullivan County's only Western square dancers, the Belles and Beaux, attended the fourth annual Spring Festival held at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. recently.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1985, Libby Riddles of Teller, Alaska, became the first woman to win the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race.

In 1988, 8-year-old DeAndra Anrig found herself airborne when the string of her kite was snagged by an airplane flying over Shoreline Park in Mountain View, Calif. (DeAndra was lifted 10 feet off the ground and carried some 100 feet until she let go; she was not seriously hurt.)

In 1995, in Tokyo, 12 people were killed, more than 5,500 others sickened when packages containing the poisonous gas sarin were leaked on five separate subway trains by Aum Shinrikyo (ohm shin-ree-kyoh) cult members.

Ten years ago: On the first day of the Iraq War, a subdued Saddam Hussein appeared on state-run television after the initial American air strike on Baghdad, accusing the United States of a "shameful crime" and urging his people to "draw your sword" against the invaders. American combat units rumbled across the desert into Iraq from the south and U.S. and British forces bombed limited targets in Baghdad. The start of war in Iraq triggered one of the heaviest days of anti-government protesting in years, leading to thousands of arrests across the United States and prompting pro-war counter-demonstrations.

Five years ago: In a setback for Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, a drive for a second Michigan presidential primary collapsed as the state Senate adjourned without taking up a measure calling for a do-over contest. (Michigan had held an early primary in January 2008 in violation of Democratic Party rules, and was stripped of its delegates as a result.) Mao Asada of Japan won the women's title at the World Figure Skating Championships in Goteborg, Sweden.

One year ago: Front-runner Mitt Romney won the Illinois Republican primary with ease, routing Rick Santorum for his third big-state win in a row. A 7.4-magnitude earthquake in Mexico damaged hundreds of homes and killed at least two people near the border between Guerrero and Oaxaca states. Army linebacker Andrew Rodriguez won the James E. Sullivan Award, given by the Amateur Athletic Union to the top amateur athlete in the United States.

Today's Birthdays: Singer Dame Vera Lynn is 96. Producer-director-comedian Carl Reiner is 91. Actor Hal Linden is 82. Former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney (muhl-ROO'-nee) is 74. Country singer Don Edwards is 74. TV producer Paul Junger Witt is 70. Country singer-musician Ranger Doug (Riders in the Sky) is 67. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby Orr is 65. Blues singer-musician Marcia Ball is 64. Actor William Hurt is 63. Rock musician Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 63. Rock musician Jimmie Vaughan is 62. Country musician Jimmy Seales (Shenandoah) is 59. Actress Amy Aquino (ah-KEE'-noh) is 56. Movie director Spike Lee is 56. Actress Theresa Russell is 56. Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway is 56. Actress Holly Hunter is 55.

Rock musician Slim Jim Phantom (The Stray Cats) is 52. Actress-model-designer Kathy Ireland is 50. Actor David Thewlis is 50. Rock musician Adrian Oxaal (James) is 48. Actress Liza Snyder is 45. Actor Michael Rapaport is 43. Actor Alexander Chaplin is 42. Rock singer Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) is 37. Actor Michael Genadry is 35. Actress Bianca Lawson is 34. Rock musician Nick Wheeler (The All-American Rejects) is 31. Actress-singer Christy Carlson Romano is 29.

Thought for Today: "I am I plus my circumstances." - Jose Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher (1883-1955).